Chris Tritico Talks Law, Law School, and Timothy McVeigh

The Junior Fellows were happy to host an interesting afternoon with Chris Tritico, an SHSU alum who has gone on to a successful law career.  His clients have included a bevy of interesting figures–most notably Moses Malone, Gary Sheffield, and Timothy McVeigh.

Chris Tritico

Chris Tritico

We invited a group of pre-law students to the event, and every student present was able to ask a question.  Mr. Tritico spent about half an hour talking to students, and another thirty minutes or so doing a televised interview.

Chris Tritico with Professor  Mike Yawn

Chris Tritico with Professor Mike Yawn

While Tritico’s McVeigh comments were very interesting, he also passed on interesting stories about other clients.  He was working for Racehorse Haynes, for example, when Haynes represented Morganna, “The Kissing Bandit, after she was arrested for trespassing.  Her trespassing involved running onto the Astrodome’s field to kiss Nolan Ryan, who didn’t seem to mind at all…

Morganna and Nolan Ryan

Morganna and Nolan Ryan

In fact, when you contrast the way Ryan treat Morganna with the way he treated Robin Ventura…

Robin Ventura Foolishly Goes After Nolan Ryan

Robin Ventura Foolishly Goes After Nolan Ryan With Unfortunate Results

Tritico also held the students’ interest when he discussed representing a ten-year old accused of murdering his father and, on the opposite side of seriousness, representing a woman who used the men’s restroom at a George Strait Concert.  The ensuing “Pottygate” scandal turned into quite the spectacle, with jury selection taking on the aspects of a much more serious crime.  She was, happily, acquitted.

Tritico also provided us with advice.  Contrasting law school admissions today with 30 years ago, Tritico encouraged us to study hard and study for the LSAT.  While he majored in Political Science, he encouraged students to major in their primary interest, which will lead them to study harder and enjoy what they do.

Appropriately, that’s why we were there: we are all interested in law school.  Thanks Mr. Tritico for stopping by and for the words of encouragement!  Thanks, too, to Charles Henson of DELTA, Mel Strait and his crew in MCOM and Channel 7, and Brian Blalock for his great photographs!

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